This is a certificate program (offering ECTS credits) for junior and senior undergraduate (BA) and graduate (MA and PhD) students from Ukraine, whose studies have been affected by the war, whether still residing in Ukraine or in refuge. The name of this transnational solidarity program evokes the various nineteenth and twentieth-century underground and exile educational initiatives in Eastern Europe, as well as the tradition of Invisible Colleges formed after 1989 in the region. This hybrid non-degree academic program is an emergency response to the consequences of the war in Ukraine, and is meant also as a pilot project for a more inclusive transnational concept focusing on students and scholars at risk.

The program offers an intensive learning experience, placing questions relevant for Ukrainian students into a transnational comparative perspective. It aims at familiarizing the students with various cutting-edge interpretative paradigms and methodological traditions in the humanities and social sciences. Our goal is to prepare students for deeper integration into the international academia and broad ongoing discussion on the role of Ukraine in changing European and global contexts. The program is not meant to replace or duplicate the existing online education in Ukrainian universities, but to support them and provide help for filling the lacunae that temporarily emerged due to the Russian military invasion.

The program is designed in a hybrid format (online teaching with a possibility of shorter on-site visit to Budapest in the form of a summer school). It is administered by the Budapest Campus of CEU, and intended to be implemented in cooperation with Ukrainian and EU-based university partners.

The program is taught by prominent scholars linked to the Central European University (including members of its faculty, as well as researchers of CEU Democracy Institute and the Open Society Archives), international partners, as well as Ukrainian and Polish partner institutions. The additional smaller groups meetings will be conducted by the international team of CEU PhD students who volunteered to take part in the program as a sign of academic solidarity with Ukrainian students. 

The program categorically excludes any cooperation with scholars having current affiliation with any Russian state institutions or anyone supporting the Russian aggression. Some prominent Russian colleagues who protested against the Russian invasion in Ukraine, gave up their position, and emigrated, after being targeted by the authorities for their critical stance, will also contribute to co-teaching some of the classes. Also, some current CEU PhD students of Russian background who publicly condemned Russian invasion in Ukraine will take part in the additional small group seminars. 

The courses can be pursued on site at CEU’s Budapest Campus, or online.

The structure of the program:

Program Director - Ostap Sereda 

Academic Supervision – Balazs Trencsenyi and Renata Uitz 

HISTORY track:

Course Director – Vladimir Petrovic

Course Assistant – Yevhen Yashchuk 


Course Directors – Dora Merai and Volodymyr Kulikov 

Course Assistant – Polina Baitsym 

 POLITICS track: 

Course Directors – Nazar Stetsyk, Oleksii Kononov, Vladimir Petrovic

Course Assistant – Aliaksandr Bystryk 

 SOCIETY track:

Course Directors – Volodymyr Artiukh and Tatiana Safonova 

Course Assistant – Natalia Dziadyk 


Director – Marsha Siefert 

Assistant – Oleksii Rudenko 

 Academic ENGLISH: Irina Matkovska 

E-learning coordination: Daniel Palm 


Read the details about the program (MS Word)
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